Riverside County reported 13 more COVID-19-related deaths in its latest data, while the number of new cases and people hospitalized with the virus dropped.
A total of 5,017 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past 18 months, according to the Riverside University Health System.
COVID-related hospitalizations countywide were at 315 on Monday, down 32 from Friday, according to RUHS. That number includes 89 intensive care patients, down 10 from Friday.
On Monday, 585 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed, lifting the county’s overall number since the pandemic began to 355,209.
The number of known active virus cases in the county Monday was 4,092, down 838 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 355,209 — according to the county Executive Office.
Verified patient recoveries countywide were 346,100.
The RUHS began administering Pfizer vaccine booster shots Sept. 25. The move follows the approval of such boosters by federal officials last week.
To receive a Pfizer vaccine booster, residents must have received their second vaccine dose of Pfizer at least six months ago. To be eligible, residents must be either 65 years or older or be 18-64 years old and either have underlying health conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19 or be at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to occupational or institutional reasons, such as being a healthcare worker.
“The booster vaccine is something that has been discussed for many weeks and we are very excited that Public Health, along with our community partners, are now in a position to move forward,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County.
“Those who are eligible should be confident that a vaccine booster will be available for anyone who wants one.”
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